Division of Special Operations


Lt. Colonel Jeff Bader, Commanding Officer

Division of Special Operations
(314) 615-2551

The Division of Special Operations, an integral part of the St. Louis County Police Department, consists of specially trained Officers, Emergency Management Specialists,  K-9 Units, Merto-Air Support, Metro-Link Support, a Crisis Intervention Team Coordinator, Court Security, Chaplains and specialized and equipment.  The Division is recognized as a diverse and progressive group that assists the entire Police Department and the community to keep St. Louis County a safe place. The Bureau of Patrol Support utilizes the Tactical Operations Unit which responds to hostage negotiations, barricaded suspects, search warrants, and any unusual situation or event that requires the use of specialized training and tactics. The Metro Air Support Unit, the Highway Safety Team, and the Police Canine Unit provide additional support to the Police Department.

Bureau of Tactical Support

Maintains 24-hour readiness to meet the tactical or special needs of our Department or any requesting agency. The Unit is capable of dealing with hostage situations, armed and barricaded subjects, suicidal persons and executes all search warrants issued in St. Louis County. Other duties include dignitary protection such as Presidential motorcades, crowd control, coordinating large-scale ground searches, and funeral escorts for prominent citizens and honor guards at funerals and other special functions.

Special Response Unit

Special Response Unit (SRU) is designed to provide the Department with a flexible resource to address crime or other neighborhood related issues within St. Louis County. The Unit is responsible for targeted enforcement of street level crimes and persistent offenders who negatively impact the community.  The Unit is also a component of the Department’s primary Emergency Response Team (ERT). The Unit also collaborates with community stakeholders to address quality of life issues to prevent and deter potential criminal activity.

Metro Air Unit

The Air Support Unit consists of one St. Louis County and one St. Louis Metropolitan sergeant; four St. Louis County and four St. Louis Metropolitan police officers, along with one St. Charles County deputy. The Unit is equipped with five helicopters utilizing the latest in night vision and GIS technology, and one fixed wing aircraft.

Highway Safety Unit

The Unit engages in traffic law enforcement on State and interstate highways in St. Louis County with the goal of voluntary compliance and a reduction in the number of motor vehicle accidents.

Police Canine Unit

Provides canine services to the St. Louis County Police Department. The unit utilizes specially trained dogs in suspect apprehension, searching for lost/missing persons, narcotics detection, and locating explosives and other evidence.

MetroLink Police Unit

St. Louis County Police has the largest contingent of officers along the line, with one County Police Captain acting as commander, six sergeants and 37 officers.  Established in 1993, MetroLink is a cooperative effort with the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department, and the St. Clair County, Illinois, Sheriff's Department.
MetroLink Police Unit provides support functions at special events such as Fair St. Louis, Mardi Gras, professional sports, parades, concerts and festivals. With the opening of the Cross County Extension in the Summer of 2006, eight miles of track were added to the line with the light rail system now running south from the Forest Park stop to Shrewsbury at Highway 44. 

Bureau of Security Services

Provides security for all of St. Louis County Government, including the Justice Center in Clayton. Security officers hired by the Department have to meet the same kind of high standards of competence and integrity that the citizens of the County have come to expect of their law enforcement personnel.

Crisis Intervention Team

The Crisis Intervention Team consists of one sergeant who is responsible for the coordination of the CIT program, which includes 40-hour basic CIT Training and Continuing Education. Learn more about the Crisis Intervention Team now.

Office of the Chaplains

Provides spiritual counseling and assistance to members of the Department and their families as requested.

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